The most common type of arthritis in pets is osteoarthritis. Older pets are most likely to develop it as the cartilage between their joints wears away, but younger pets can also develop this degenerative joint disease. Our team provides a range of treatments unique to your pet’s condition. To learn more, please contact us at 204-346-1429.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a joint disease that typically worsens over time. The joints of your pet's bones are protected by cartilage that acts as cushioning. When this is damaged or wears away, it causes friction between the bones. This creates inflammation and pain, often causing stiffness, lameness, mobility issues, weight loss, or changes in behaviour.
How does my pet develop arthritis?
A few factors can make your pet more likely to develop arthritis. Some underlying issues that can cause the disease include:
- Previous injuries
- Hip dysplasia
Is there a cure for arthritis?
There is no cure for arthritis, but it is managed with a combination of treatments, based on the severity of your pet’s condition. Treatment helps decrease inflammation as well as pain. We can take a few different approaches to your pet’s arthritis, including medications, surgery, weight management, and therapeutic treatments. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed to decrease pain and inflammation. Surgery could be recommended to improve your pet’s mobility, especially if their joints are severely damaged. Weight management can help your pet lose excess pounds that can cause strain on their joints. Therapeutic treatments like rehabilitation can help your pet increase their range of motion and manage their pain levels.